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Boy A (2007)

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The story of a young Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a violent crime he committed as a child.

Director:

John Crowley

Writers:

Jonathan Trigell (novel), Mark O'Rowe (screenplay)
13 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Jack Burridge
Peter Mullan ... Terry
Siobhan Finneran ... Kelly
Alfie Owen Alfie Owen ... Eric Wilson
Victoria Brazier Victoria Brazier ... Teacher
Skye Bennett ... Angela
Madeleine Rakic-Platt Madeleine Rakic-Platt ... Schoolgirl
Josef Altin ... Bully
Dudley Brewis Dudley Brewis ... 2nd Bully
Leigh Symonds Leigh Symonds ... Eric's Dad
Maria Gough Maria Gough ... Eric's Mum
Taylor Doherty Taylor Doherty ... Philip Craig
Jeremy Swift ... Dave
Shaun Evans ... Chris
Carlene Hanson Carlene Hanson ... Waitress
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Storyline

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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They took his name so he could have a future. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, some disturbing content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2008 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rapaz See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,024, 27 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,368, 22 August 2008
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Cuba Pictures, Film Four See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Andrew Garfield. See more »

Quotes

Michelle: [at Jack's photo] Look at you, so cute!
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References The Office (2001) See more »

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The Warning
Performed by Hot Chip
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An Emotional Roller-coaster
12 August 2008 | by aharmasSee all my reviews

I've been thinking for a while that after Hollywood stops trying to reinvent itself or more like cannibalizing itself by going back and remaking classics, mostly ruining classics, they should just look at the news, the really news, stop idolizing and picking on their own, and see what tragic or wonderful world, it can be. "Boy A" is a perfect example of what happens when the media gets a hold of a spectacular story, one that might be tragic or devastating, but it still offers enough drama to cast a spell on us. Write a good book about it ("In Cold Blood" comes to mind), adapt it into a couple of decent films, and you can certainly catch fire.

"Boy A" explores an obscure case in America, but apparently a very famous one in England, telling the story of a released convict who might have more than a few problems adapting back to society. It is essential that his identity remain secret because the consequences can be horrendous for all parties involved.

The audience's main concern at first appear to be whether the main character has been rehabilitated and is able to deal with his new freedom. Garfield's performance is so good, it brings to mind the vulnerability shown by Timothy Hutton in "Ordinary People", that of a bruised soul that is very strong but also quite close to an emotional collapse if not nurtured properly. Garfield's character is damaged from his early life to the abuse he suffers at the hand of his childhood friend, the one that eventually gets him in jail. It is not very clear how responsible he is for the crime that eventually incarcerated him, but what is clear is that he needs a lot of support, and any interference will be catastrophic.

In the end, we know there has to be some type of revelation, and it is the degree of the pain that the revelation brings that we want to see and we dread all the time. We grow to like this young man. Maybe because he might not be very different from many in our world, maybe because he is another victim of a cold and fractured society. The film will open wounds in many who have been disappointed and hurt, and it will mostly teach a few people a lesson about what we can do to prevent any more tragedies like these from occurring again.

It is an admirable achievement.


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